Uniting descendants of Africa

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All research, educated conclusions, anthropological findings and biblical writings cite the continent of Africa as the beginning of mankind. It is the venue of mathematics, construction management, architecture, medicine, and most importantly, civilization.

No continent has gone through as much exploitation, invasion, colonialization, slavery, dictatorships and pilferage of natural resources as Africa.

Yet, still it grows and glows before the modern world. It is the combination of its resources as well as the resiliency of its people. As our parents told us: “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.”

Today, we stand strong, educated, well-traveled and organized at last. We now come forward to set positive forces to further our future and guarantee the success of our children. We control our legacy and will now set an economic policy to guarantee the fruits that were seeded in our past.

The PanAfrican Entrepreneurs Conference (PAEC) will have its first conference on Nov. 15-18, 2012 in Houston (www.panafricanec.org). Its long-range goal is to link descendents of Africa who are in business. We are bringing together our brothers and sisters in Australia, Fiji Islands and other entities in the Pacific Ocean with North America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and all points in between.

Making connections
The mission of PAEC is: To create an arena for entrepreneurs and business people within the Black Diaspora to meet and further their business connections. Also, to suggest policy improvement and issue awareness that will benefit the status of Black entrepreneurs internationally.

Our Motherland holds the greatest resources the world has to offer. Its rich soil represents 60 percent of the total potential farmland in the world. That’s right, we hold the “bread basket” for the entire globe and our resources can fuel all industries. Let us manage it wisely and cherish what God has blessed us with.

Still we rise
They have enslaved us, raped us and committed genocide against us. Sometimes we would even do it to ourselves. But still we rise! God has given us a purpose and no matter what has gotten in the way, we will complete that purpose. All praise to the Lord for allowing us to be descendents of the great continent Africa. The time is now!

This conference will be the kickoff for this noble initiative. Every segment of the Diaspora population will be linked to what we are about to do. The National Black Chamber of Commerce, a separate entity, will be the consultant to the conference; board seats will be spread among the 10 regions.

The focus of the conference is purely international and trade specific. A member may invent something in a small town in Missouri or Uganda. Soon thereafter, it will be known throughout the diaspora. If it is worthy and commercial, it will quickly be utilized by a good portion of the 1.5 billion people representing the African Diaspora. It is a base for success.

After all, it is the economy that can make all things great.

Harry Alford is the co-founder, president/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce®. Website: www.nationalbcc.org. Email: halford@nationalbcc.org.

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